Law in London
"I sort of expected the unexpected," says Daniel Jones, a senior political science major from Ashland, Ohio, about his summer abroad. He is interning with the Commonwealth Lawyers Association and living with four other interns in central London.
Last fall, Jones made contact with The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, using Dr. Robert Alexander as the liaison at Ohio Northern University. An associate professor of political science, Alexander teaches a variety of undergraduate courses at Ohio Northern. He has published two books examining the role of interest groups in the American political system, and his research has appeared in a number of academic journals. He works with The Washington Center to place ONU students in its programs.
The Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars is an independent, nonprofit organization that serves hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States and other countries by providing selected students with challenging opportunities to work and learn in Washington, D.C., and abroad for academic credit.
After Jones applied and was accepted into The Washington Center program, he was matched to an internship based on his career goals and his interest in spending the summer in London.
The internship position at The Commonwealth Lawyers Association offers valuable experience for political science majors such as Jones. The association deals with international law and holds governments accountable for applying the rule of law and having an independent legal profession.
As an intern in a lawyers association, every day is full of varying work. Jones is responsible for updating the association's membership, keeping track of income and expenditures, gathering information on international law situations, and writing reports and information packets.
Jones says working and living in England is "great." He walks to work everyday through the parks of central London to arrive at his small office on the top floor of a law library. "The best part of London is that it truly is an international city, and I get to work with different nations and see different nationalities - quite a change from Ada, to say the least," he says. So far, he has learned some helpful tips: "Look right before left when crossing the street, learn how to use the Tube, do not be afraid to have a conversation with someone random, and show up to work on time and be prepared to do a good job at it."
Through this internship, Jones sought "an experience that opened [his] eyes to the world in general and put life in perspective." Across the Atlantic Ocean, in a little law library in London, this is exactly what he found.
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